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Resource Finder: Recruitment

There’s no shortage of information on the issues faced by social care providers when it comes to recruitment. Multiple pressures mean that sourcing staff can be difficult, but these specialists are here to help, offering solutions for finding temporary staff and filling permanent positions.

AJ Recruitment Ltd

Tel: 0330 555 2233


  • Private care services.
  • Not-for-profit organisations.
  • Supported living services.
  • Residential care.
  • Specialist colleges.


  • Emergency staffing cover 24-hours a day.
  • Temporary contracts and assignments.
  • Temporary-to-permanent introductions.
  • Permanent placements.

Lead individual

Jo Guy, Managing Director of AJ Recruitment is a highly experienced social care recruitment specialist who leads a team of recruiters to deliver a remarkable, remembered and referred staffing service.

She’s a passionate leader in the fight for great-quality social care and works tirelessly to maintain AJ’s company values and vision. Jo’s dedication and passion for the sector is what positions her as a trusted voice. She has been interviewed by the BBC and approached by numerous sector networks. Jo was also elected to be a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the United Kingdom Homecare Association for five years.

Having run a registered homecare service for 15 years, Jo absolutely understands the compliance, inspection pressures and recruitment challenges faced by managers in social care. She frequently welcomes customers to audit AJ support worker HR files to ensure they always feel confident and trust that AJ are providing high-quality staff.

Company information

AJ Recruitment provides a tailored 24-7 social care staffing service to care organisations across North Yorkshire and the Humber and the Midlands. AJ takes all of the hassle out of recruitment, saving you time and providing you with a stabilised workforce where staff can be contracted at any time.

Compliance and training is at the heart of AJ’s recruitment process and ongoing professional development is top of the agenda for our entire team of support workers. Each member of our award-winning team is chosen for their comprehensive work history, reliable references and their outstanding personal qualities. Whether you need staff at short notice, ‘try before you buy’ temp-to-perms or more longer-term solutions, we are always on-hand to help you overcome any staffing problems. FREE additional services for AJ customers and partners include:

  • Specialist recruitment support and insight reports.
  • Bespoke management training workshops on recruitment and retention and other related topics.
  • Support with recruitment open days and managers’ meetings.

Jo Guy, Managing Director
Tel: 03305 552233

Bluerock Healthcare Ltd

Tel: 0800 888 6165


  • Residential care homes.
  • Care homes with nursing.
  • Care homes specialising in dementia.
  • Learning disability homes.
  • Supported living homes.


  • Support workers.
  • Healthcare assistants.
  • Senior healthcare assistants.
  • Registered general nurses (RGNs).
  • Registered mental nurses (RMNs).
  • Care managers.

Company information

With a wealth of experience recruiting across the healthcare sector, Bluerock Healthcare is a leading UK staff provider of Care Certificate-trained healthcare professionals. Supplying an extensive client list of private care establishments and NHS hospitals, Bluerock individually tailors their unique recruitment strategy to supply only the very best candidates to their clients.

Utilising the company’s broad recruitment resources, Bluerock’s specialist team firstly takes the time out to understand the client’s ethos and environment, before reviewing their extensive pool of nationwide healthcare professionals and cherry-picking only those candidates who match the client’s requirements.

Whilst currently offering all new clients a limited-time promotion of receiving their recruit’s first 20 hours of work completely free, Bluerock have always preserved their goal of creating a strong working relationship between client and staff member. Bluerock offers temporary-to-permanent staffing opportunities, completely free of any placement fees, and will take a step back at the end of the contract and assist the client in permanently recruiting the member of staff directly onto their books.

Why use Bluerock for your recruitment?

  • Flat hourly rate from only £12.00p/h – no sick pay, employer N.I. or VAT to pay.
  • Free first 20 hours of work for all new clients.
  • Free temporary-to-permanent opportunities.
  • Care Certificate-trained to all 15 standards.
  • Fully compliant with DBS and references.
  • Nationwide coverage with specialist relocation team to arrange all travel and accommodation.

To find out how we can help your recruitment and to take advantage of our limited-time first 20 hours free promotion, call us today on 0800 888 6165.

East Point Care Nursing Agency

Tel: 0330 123 5399


  • Nursing homes.
  • Residential care homes.
  • Mental health hospitals.
  • Learning disability hospitals/care homes.
  • General hospitals.
  • Supported living.


  • Qualified nurses.
  • Learning disability staff.
  • Mental health staff.
  • Health care assistants.
  • Healthcare support workers.

Lead individuals

Our recruitment consultants have a nursing background experience. They have enough insight to understand what happens on the floor in care settings, and this gives them an advantage to choose the right candidate for your service.

Company information

We specialise in providing staff (adults, learning disability, mental health, healthcare assistants, healthcare support workers) to established care providers. This service was established in September 2013.

We’re accessible 24-hours a day for you – there is always someone to talk to you. We have a 90% success rate in covering shifts last minute, and our team is dedicated and industry qualified.

Jodie Rix, Recruitment Consultant
Tel: 0330 123 5399

Melissa Simpson, Recruitment Consultant
Tel: 0330 123 5399


Tel: 0203 911 2555


  • Nursing homes.
  • Residential homes.


  • Temporary recruitment.

Lead individual

Bunie is Chief Marketing Officer at Florence. He joined Florence in December 2016 after spending much of his career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. Bunie leads nurse and carer acquisition at Florence.

A passionate advocate of new technology, Bunie sees social media as the future of candidate acquisition across all industries. He enjoys the challenge of finding nurses in traditionally hard-to-find areas and welcomes the opportunity to find workers to fill your shifts.

If you would like to discuss nurse acquisition or marketing in general, feel free to reach out. He’s always happy to have a chat over coffee and a biscuit.

Company information

Florence is the online marketplace for care homes to find fully-qualified registered general nurses, registered mental health nurses and health care assistants to fill temporary shifts.
We offer transparency, accountability and simplicity for care home managers looking to ease the pressure of filling staffing gaps.

Since 2017, Florence has had over 20,000 nurses and 600 care homes sign up to find and post temporary shifts through Florence.

Operating across England and Wales, we match you to the most relevant nurses based on location, required skills and reliability for you to choose from.

As Florence is entirely online, you can access the platform remotely – accept nurses for shifts, sign off timesheets and post new shifts from your desk or on the go.

Concerned about continuity? You can quickly grow a bank of your favourite workers based on your home’s needs using our ‘favourites’ feature – and directly invite them to fill your shifts.

Take the pressure off and plan your staffing in advance. In half a million shifts worked between April 2017 and March 2019, shifts posted at least a week in advance had a 94% fill rate.

Care homes rate all Florence nurses and carers after every shift. This means you can compare them based on their effectiveness and make an informed decision on who to bring into your team.

Fill your staffing gaps without compromising quality by using Florence.

Bunie Anyaegbuna, Chief Marketing Officer
Tel: 020 3911 2556

Roostr Technologies

Tel: 01202 798745


  • Care homes.
  • Homecare.


  • Connecting self-employed nurses and care workers with shifts.

Lead individual

Rebecca Hannam has worked in care homes for 20+ years, most recently as registered manager of a 60-bed nursing and dementia care home. Rebecca founded Roostr in 2018 with the belief that there is a more efficient way to fill the care sector staffing shortfalls. Always trying to encourage staff to reach their maximum potential, she felt that it was time to empower nurses and care workers to embrace self-employment and the worldwide trend toward the ‘gig economy’ – quite a scary concept for some people in the highly-regulated world of healthcare.

Rebecca is passionate about the quality of care delivered within the health and social care and, to this end, has come up with a rating system to monitor quality amongst Roostr registered professionals. Coming from a ‘hands on’ background in care home management and first-line care delivery, and with an excellent understanding of the overall industry structure, she is able to ensure that Roostr really delivers a service that both employers and the nurses and care workers actually want and need.

Company information

Roostr is an online platform connecting independent and experienced nurses and carers with jobs in the social care sector on a self-employed basis.

The professionals registered with Roostr are self-employed enabling the savings employers make on agency commission to be partly redistributed to the hard-working professionals. Nurses and care workers earn more and employers pay less.

When registering, care homes set the hourly rates they are prepared to pay for shift cover. Roostr’s flat rate fees of £2/hr for health care assistants and £3/hr for registered nurses are welcomed by both employers and professionals for their transparency.

Roostr Care at Home connects individuals preferring to stay in their own homes with private nurses and care workers who they can call their own. This means an end to rushed visits and pressured care workers, and for less than they would often pay a homecare agency, by engaging direct.

If embracing the gig economy in the healthcare sector sounds a bit risky, be reassured that the registration, verification and vetting process exceeds industry standards and is the future of efficient staffing cover in an industry in crisis.

Rebecca Hannam, Managing Director
Tel: 01202 798745

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